There are a several approaches and methods to determine SSDs known in literature. However, many of them inevitably lead to the destruction of the workpiece. Although others are non-destructive, but very complex in design and/or associated with large investments. Likewise, only a few are suitable for determining SSDs on ground rough surfaces.
Filled-Up Miicroscopy (FUM) is an alternative approach to approximating the depth of SSDs, even on rough surfaces without destroying them. At a first glance at the method, the procedure is described in detail and all necessary steps of preparing the samples are shown. A first comparison with the known Ball Dimpling Method confirms the functionality of the concept.